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Sweet, Leonard I.

Works: 156 works in 357 publications in 6 languages and 11,125 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Forecasts  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  Trivia and miscellanea 
Roles: Author, wpr, Creator, Editor
Classifications: E184.65, 261
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Leonard I Sweet
Covenant-making : the fabric of relationship by Charles J Conniry( )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 803 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Black images of America, 1784-1870 by Leonard I Sweet( Book )

7 editions published between 1974 and 1976 in English and held by 705 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Signs of the times : pastoral translations of ministry & culture in honor of Leonard I. Sweet by Brian A Ross( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"All ministry leaders concern themselves with the intersection of Jesus-centered ministry and contemporary culture. They ask themselves questions such as, "What do we need to change in order to keep up with a wired world?" "What should never change?" "What are the nonnegotiables of faith in Jesus?" Many have attempted to answer these questions. However, most of these leaders offer solutions that the everyday ministry leader simply cannot replicate. Signs of the Times is a unique offering to those who wrestle with the mash-up of ministry and culture. All of the contributors have found success within their ministries, and yet most do not minister to thousands on a weekly basis. Additionally, all of them have had the privilege of studying directly with Dr. Leonard I. Sweet. Despite having authored more than fifty books, Sweet can still be a bit of an enigma. Many of his readers have been deeply influenced by him, and yet they may still struggle to understand what his insights might mean for their ministry. Each of the contributors to this work thoughtfully engages with a key idea that they personally learned from Sweet and they translate it for ministry in the early twenty-first century."--Publisher
The minister's wife : her role in nineteenth-century American Evangelicalism by Leonard I Sweet( Book )

7 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Evangelical tradition in America( Book )

7 editions published between 1984 and 1997 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jesus : a theography by Leonard I Sweet( Book )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jesus: A Theography is the first book ever written to combine historical Jesus studies with biblical theology, crafting together one breathtaking saga that tells the Jesus story in both Old and New Testaments. This flagship book demonstrates clearly that every bit of Scripture is part of the same stunning drama, what the authors refer to as the theography of Jesus Christ"--Dust jacket flap
Communication and change in American religious history( Book )

5 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The church in emerging culture : five perspectives by Andy Crouch( Book )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What should the church look like today? What should be the focus of its message? How should I present that message? Today's society is measurably less religious but decidedly more spiritual. Less influenced by authority than by experience. More attuned to images than to words. How does the church adapt to such a culture? Or should it, in fact, eschew adapting for maintaining a course it has followed these last two millennia? Or something in between?
SoulTsunami : sink or swim in new millennium culture by Leonard I Sweet( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Road rage, animal rights, cyberporn, crystal healing, doctor-assisted suicide - everywhere we look, the signs all tell us we're living in a post-Christian culture. Or are we' Leonard Sweet -- cultural historian, preacher, futurist, creatologist, and preeminent thinker -- firmly believes we live today in a pre-Christian society, fraught with challenges, dangers, critical choices, and above all, tremendous potential for the church. The outcome will depend on our response to today's flood of religious pluralism that threatens to sweep us away. What will we do' Deny the reality of the incoming surge' "Hunker in the bunker," hermetically sealing ourselves in an increasingly out-of-touch church counterculture' Or will we boldly hoist our sails, and -- looking to God for guidance and strength -- move with confidence and purpose over the waves. SoulTsunami is a fascinating, even mind-numbing look at the implications of our changing world for the church in the 21st century. With uncanny wisdom and trademark wit, Leonard Sweet explores ten key "futuribles" (precision guesses that fall short of predictions), expanding on and relating topics ranging from the reentry of theism and spiritual longing in contemporary society, to the impact of modern technology, to the global renaissance, to models for the church to reach people caught in the cultural maelstrom. Here are eye-opening perspectives on the church from within and from without - from its surrounding society. Lively, well-written, and provocative, SoulTsunami is a clarion call for Christians to remove their tunnel-vision glasses and take a good look at the swelling postmodern flood. It also is a voice of encouragement, affirming the church in its role as God's lifeboat. And it is a passionate, prophetic guide, pointing the way to reach a world swept out to sea
Postmodern and Wesleyan? : exploring the boundaries and possibilities by Thomas Jay Oord( )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part I: The postmodern conversation/shifting culture -- Why talk about postmodernism? / Jon Middendorf -- A big tent / T. Scott Daniels -- Truth and postmodernism / Thomas Jay Oord -- The church and postmodern pop culture / Joseph Bankard -- Gender, ethnicity, and economics / Deirdre Brower Latz -- Types of postmodernism / Thomas Jay Oord -- Critical response-- postmodernism / Gerard Reed -- Conversation igniter / Leonard Sweet -- Part II: The Gospel in postmodernity -- The trustworthiness and authority of the Bible / Kara J. Lyons-Pardue -- Salvation is hearing? / Dustin Metcalf -- Holiness in the twenty-first century / Brent Peterson -- Individuals and communities / Christa Klosterman -- Evangelism in the postmodern matrix / Dana Hicks -- Christianity and other religions / Albert Truesdale -- Critical response-- timeless truths in contemporary forms / Gene Grate -- Conversation igniter / Leonard Sweet -- Part III: The church in postmodernity -- The emerging and emergent church / Dean G. Blevins -- The sensory side of being spiritual / Keith Schwanz -- Why our (loving) practices matter / Terry Fach -- From come and see to go and be / Brett I. Williams -- The Eucharist renews and remakes the church / Brent Peterson -- Not remotely controlled / Jay Richard Akkerman -- Christian education and postmodernism / Mark Maddix -- The mission of the church / Jim Wicks -- Critical response-- some cautions to reconceiving church / Philip R. Hamner -- Conversation igniter / Leonard Sweet -- Part IV: In, with, and for the world -- Why others matter to us / Eric Severson -- The strength of weakness / Benji Rodes -- How to be a citizen of the kingdom of heaven and live in kingdoms of this world / Nathan R. Kerr -- Postmodern Christians in God's creation / Michael Lodahl -- Entertaining angels in the face of injustice / Brian K. Postlewait -- Science and faith in a postmodern world / Mark H. Mann -- Critical response-- something old, something new, something ... postmodern / Carl M. Leth -- Conversation igniter / Leonard Sweet
Health and medicine in the Evangelical tradition : "Not by might nor power" by Leonard I Sweet( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first extensive study of evangelicalism in the context of health and modern medicine. The book, like the others in the series, has two purposes. One purpose is to help health care professionals, who themselves come from various religious traditions or perhaps none, to understand how the evangelical tradition is related to issues of health and medicine so that they can serve their evangelical patients with greater sensitivity. The book is also written to help evangelicals understand more fully the relation of their tradition to the issues of health and medicine, as well as for those with a general interest in this rather widespread spirit or mood that has swept across American religious life. Leonard Sweet assigns four specific characteristics to evangelicalism. First and foremost is a biblical faith, a belief in the binding and bonding authority of the Bible. "Evangelicals," he says, "spend their time discussing not who wrote the Bible but what in the Bible is being written in their hearts; not whether the Bible is true, but whether they are true to the Bible." Second, evangelicals stress a personal relationship with God through faith in the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This does not mean that evangelicals are therefore strictly doctrinal. Their doctrines, in fact, have usually been ones in which believers could move with some degree of freedom. Evangelicals trust that people's hearts tend to be nearer right than their heads. Third, evangelicals value conversion, that is, they assign a high priority to the evangelization of the gospel - to being born again. Conversion is for them a spiritual decision to "follow Jesus" and to participate in the mission of God in the world. Finally, evangelicals strongly believe that moral absolutes exist and that truth is more than private meaning. Evangelicals do not consider health an end in itself, nor do they consider ill health something to be avoided or ashamed of. Sweet quotes a mid-nineteenth century evangelical publication: "Health is a glorious thing, but, like money, not so much for itself, as to be spent. - Squander it not, for you know not what moment you may need it to lay upon the altar of love, or friendship, or duty - to yield it up for the sake of its Great Giver, and of your fellow man." Here, then, is a fascinating look at an evangelical understanding and proposal regarding faith, sin and suffering, the question of theodicy, sexuality and morality (including abortion issues), cleanliness, prayer and healing, and aging and dying
The Gospel according to Starbucks : living with a grande passion by Leonard I Sweet( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Creating a parallel between customers standing in line at Starbucks and Christians lining up for God, invites readers to participate fully in the life God offers and to feel the warmth and richness of the irresistible experience
Post-modern pilgrims : first century passion for the 21st century world by Leonard I Sweet( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There is a legend of a Welsh Prince Madoc whose ship became stuck in Chesapeake Bay. After trying unsuccessfully to escape, he had his men row out with the anchor, drop it as far into the sea as they could, and then the ship winched its way forward. The image of the church as a boat and tradition as an anchor is prevalent in Christian art. If we examine the biblical view of an anchor, we find, like Prince Madoc, we are to cast our anchor into the future and pull the church forward. Postmodern pilgrims must strive to keep the past and the future in perpetual conversation so every generation will find a fresh expression of the Gospel that is anchored solidly to "the faith that was once for all delivered."--Publisher's description
New life in the Spirit by Leonard I Sweet( Book )

2 editions published between 1982 and 2002 in Chinese and English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

AquaChurch by Leonard I Sweet( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in Korean and English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jesus manifesto : restoring the supremacy and sovereignty of Jesus Christ by Leonard I Sweet( Book )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Expanding on the authors' 2009 online manifesto, this insistent, impassioned essay condemns as pharisaic those preachers who forgo a Christ-centered theology in favor of a cute, singular slogan or mission. The authors urge churches to focus on the man who embodies the entire religion. To do so, readers must learn the subtle distinction between following Christ and realizing Christ already lives within them. --from publisher description
Learn to dance the SoulSalsa : 17 surprising steps for godly living in the 21st century by Leonard I Sweet( Book )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

FaithQuakes by Leonard I Sweet( Book )

4 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The church of the perfect storm by Leonard I Sweet( Book )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The church is heading into a "perfect storm" of cultural forces. Will you sink beneath the waves, or ride the winds of the Spirit? An array of cultural forces is coming together to present the church with unprecedented challenge and unequaled opportunity. Such "category 5"" realities as postmodernism, postChristendom attacks on belief in God, and the threat of global warming have coalesced to make a "perfect storm" that will leave people uncertain of their place in the world, and all they have previously believed in. Like the disciples when Jesus calmed the storm, the church can cower and c
"A" is for abductive : the language of the emerging church by Leonard I Sweet( Book )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This witty, yet substantive primer explores the basic concepts and vernacular of postmodern ministry. This "postmodern ministry for dummies" will help "immigrants" learn to speak PSL (postmodern as a second language), so they can better live, minister, and make a difference in the emerging postmodern context
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SoulTsunami : sink or swim in new millennium culture
The church in emerging culture : five perspectivesSoulTsunami : sink or swim in new millennium culturePostmodern and Wesleyan? : exploring the boundaries and possibilitiesHealth and medicine in the Evangelical tradition : "Not by might nor power"The Gospel according to Starbucks : living with a grande passionPost-modern pilgrims : first century passion for the 21st century worldNew life in the SpiritAquaChurch
Alternative Names
I. Sweet, Leonard 1947-

Ira Sweet. Leonard 1947-

Leonard Sweet American theologian

Leonard Sweet teólogo estadounidense

Leonard Sweet teologo statunitense

Leonard Sweet teólogu estauxunidense

Leonard Sweet US-amerikanischer Theologe

Sweet, Len (Leonard I.)

Sweet, Leonard 1947-

Sweet, Leonard I.

Sweet, Leonard I. 1947-

Sweet, Leonard Ira

Sweet, Leonard Ira 1947-

Λέοναρντ Ι. Σουίτ

ليونارد سويت ثيولوجي من الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية

레너드 스위트

스위트, 레너드 1947-

스위트, 레너드 I. 1947-

스위트, 레오나드 1947-

스위트, 레오날드 I. 1947-

스윗, 레너드 1947-

스윗, 레너드 I. 1947-

스윗, 레오날드 1947-

스윗, 레오날드 I. 1947-

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